There are a lot of vaccines that any vet will recommend your dog or cat have. Most clinics require specific vaccines in order to board your pet in their facilities! But what are they and what are they really for?
A lot of these vaccines have some pretty wild names and, unfortunately, make it harder to understand for some pet owners. It is our hope that these next series of blogs will help make clear what certain vaccines are and what they do/prevent.
Our first one is:
The DHPP is a vaccine that protects against four of the most common contagious illnesses. We recommend that dogs receive this vaccination yearly. Each letter of “DHPP” has a meaning and is described below.
“D” – Distemper:
- Signs include coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, fever, and/or discharge from the eyes/nose. Squinting of the eyes is often the first sign
- Spreads through body secretions
- It is highly contagious!
- Often Fatal
“H” – Hepatitis:
- Affects the dog’s liver
- Spread through the infected dog’s urine
- Rare, because it has continued to be controlled by vaccines
“P” – Parvovirus:
- Signs include vomiting, fever, depression, diarrhea, and/or often contains large amounts of blood
- Spread through an infected dog’s feces
- HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS!!
- HIGHLY FATAL!!!
“P” – Para influenza:
- Signs include runny nasal discharge, trouble breathing, and/or lethargy
- Spread through an infected dog’s nasal secretions
- Intensifies Kennel Cough (a highly contagious respiratory disease)
- Can cause Pneumonia
For puppies under 6 months:
– Start as early as 6 weeks
– To be given in 3-4 week intervals
– Minimum series of 3 vaccines
– A fourth booster vaccine is available for dogs to receive optimum protection.
For dogs over 6 months:
– Vaccine is recommended at yearly intervals.
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